Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's softball team came away with a split Thursday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader against Ave Maria at the Coastal Georgia Softball Field.
The Mariners took the opening game 5-2 before falling 10-5 in the second game.
The Mariners are now 7-3 for the season. Ave Maria moved to 3-1.
In the opening game, Coastal Georgia got another strong performance in the circle from freshman right-hander Paige Alt (5-0) who recorded her fifth win of the season.
Alt got the win working into the sixth inning before giving way to Olivia Husted who picked up a save. Alt allowed two runs – one earned – while giving up four hits, striking out two and walking seven. Husted recorded the final five outs of the game while allowing two hits and fanning two.
Ave Maria scored solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Coastal Georgia scored one in the first, two in the second and another in the third for an early 4-0 lead. The Mariners added an insurance run in the sixth after the Gyrenes had pulled within 4-2.
The Mariners got seven hits off Ave Maria pitcher Sadie Mosher who went the distance and took the loss. She allowed three earned runs while walking two and striking out one.
In the second game, the Mariners fell behind 5-0 in the second inning when the Gyrenes plated five runs with the help of three Coastal Georgia fielding errors while chasing starting pitcher Dawn Stewart in the process.
Coastal Georgia scored three runs in the third on two hits to pull within 5-3. The first run scored when Husted walked with the based loaded. Alt also plated a run when she reached on a fielder's choice and the third run scored on a throwing error.
Ave Maria, though, would extend its lead to 8-3 with three runs in the fourth. Two runs scored on walks with the bases loaded and the third scored on the fourth fielding error by the Mariners in the game.
Husted homered for Coastal Georgia to lead off the fifth. She has now homered in the first five doubleheaders of the season.
Ave Maria made it 10-4 in the sixth on three straight two-out hits and a throwing error by the Mariners who committed five errors in the loss.
The Mariners scored a run in the seventh to make for the final score.
Gennifer Raulerson started for Ave Maria and got the pitching win. She gave up three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out one in three full innings. Brittney Pressler pitched the final four innings for the visitors and gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking one.
Stewart took the loss for Coastal Georgia. She came back in to pitch in the fourth. Husted and Chloe Boulineau also pitched for the Mariners.
Savannah Money was 4-for-4 in the leadoff spot for Coastal Georgia while Husted was 3-for-3. Burns had two hits for the Mariners. Husted also had two RBIs. Morgan Slater and Alt also drove in runs for the Mariners.
Coastal Georgia will go on the road next week for games against Pikeville and Rio Grande in South Carolina.